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Board this 6 day Galapagos cruise higlighting the southern islands. Explore and adventure with kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. The clear waters, white sand beaches and volcanic landscapes delight travelers cruising through the beautiful southern archipelago on the Galapagos Odyssey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Española
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 5 : North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Mosquera - Baltra

Highlights

  • Spot sharks and sea lions in the crystalline waters in Gardener Bay
  • Visit Post Office Bay to drop off your letter and find a few to deliver
  • Hike around North Seymour to spot blue footed boobies and frigate birds
  • Enjoy the white sand beaches of Bachas, a favorite nesting spot for sea turtles

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Galapagos Odyssey

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sleepy sea lion on a log A traveler getting up close and personal with some lizards relaxing on a rock. Travelers kayak past a tiny island covered with sea lions. Colorful South Plaza Island Lava tube caves near Punta Cormorant, Floreana

Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive in San Cristobal and begin your Galapagos adventure with a visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoise Protection and Growing Center. This center is dedicated to improving the status of the islands' tortoises. Take time to explore the corral, breeding center, and interpretive trail, learning about the Galapagos' native flora and fauna.

Day 2 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Española Island. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and relax in beautiful Gardner Bay. Spot sharks in the crystal clear waters and observe sea lions lounging on the shore.

In the afternoon, head to Punta Suarez, a rocky outcropping sustaining one of the largest and most varied populations of sea birds in the archipelago. Watch these birds as they swoop and dive along the cliffs, dodging impressive water spouts and pounding surf.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. One of the largest lagoons in the Galapagos is found here, along with one of the strongest colonies of flamingos. Observe various species of shore birds amid the tuff lava cones, and visit the two distinctive beaches of Punta Cormorant: the Green Beach, made up of olivine crystals, and the white coral Flour Sand Beach.

This afternoon, visit historic Post Office Bay, landing area for the island's colonists and site of the famous wooden barrel that has served as a post office for mariners and tourists since the 18th century. Continue on to Baroness lookout and be rewarded by stunning views of the island below.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning exploring Santa Fe, a flat, uplift island, theorized to be the oldest in the Galapagos. Santa Fe is home to many native species including the Galapagos hawk, snake, and mockingbird, as well as iguanas and sea lions. Enjoy a snorkel in Santa Fe's crystalline waters before heading to South Plaza Island.

South Plaza Island, though small in stature, is home to some of the Galapagos' most interesting creatures. Notably, hybrid iguanas are found in abundance here. These species are a cross between marine and land iguanas. The rugged cliffs of the island are also home to a variety of entertaining sea birds.

Day 5 North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, venture to North Seymour Island. Its landscape is flat and boulder-strewn, providing excellent nesting conditions for blue-footed boobies and vibrant frigate birds. Take a circular path around the island and along its lovely, rocky shore.

Spend the afternoon at Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Decomposed coral has formed the soft, white sand of Bachas, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Two abandoned barges are visible off of the coast, remnants of the military's presence during WWII.

Day 6 Mosquera - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Mosquera Islet. A great place to snorkel and swim, Mosquera is home to a rock and coral reef, pristine white sand beach, and large population of sea lions and shorebirds.

Travel back to Baltra for your departing flight.

Galapagos Odyssey

Per person starting at
$3,475
Lower Deck Cabin
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Lower Deck
Once cabin on the Lower Deck with a queen size bed, which can be used for single occupancy. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.
Main Deck Matrimonial Cabin
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Main Deck
2 convertible twin cabins and 2 matrimonial cabins on the Main Deck. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.
Upper Deck Double Cabin
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Upper Deck
2 convertible twin cabins and 2 suite cabins on the Upper Deck. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at the time of Galapagos cruise

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Odyssey based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available for $30 for 5 days, $36 for 6 days, $60 for 10 days, $66 for 11 days, $90 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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